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Bitchy McBitcherson



I don’t know if it is the anxiety over the ultrasound next week, the pregnancy hormones or just, you know, me, but I’m in a dreadful mood. Maybe it is because I woke up four times last night to pee. That’s right – four times. And I can’t just stumble to the bathroom and return immediately to sleep. Nope. My cat thinks every pee break is a new invitation to snuggle so after my pee I have 12 pounds of Maine Coon curling around my face, purring and nuzzling  It’s cute once a night. It is obnoxious four times a night. Also obnoxious? Some crazy stressful dreams. I typically have the most boring dreams on earth. What the hell brain?

This morning I woke up ready to go to spin class but the cramps were still there  so I went to my sewing room, cleared some space and did 30 minutes of yoga. As I laid in Shavasana I started to wonder: is yoga safe during first trimester? I received a comment yesterday that said she had been instructed to not stretch her arms over her head during first trimester. Shit. I had been doing all kinds of stretching. Instant panic.

A Google search revealed a slew of random opinions, none of which actually made me feel like what I had been doing was safe. For the record, I did lots of forward folding, sun salutations, the warrior variations, cleansing twists and some side plank balance poses, etc. Nothing super crazy and nothing that put direct pressure on my uterus like locust pose.

So, Internet, what has your OB said regarding yoga? Good idea? Bad idea? I’m looking for real info from your doctor or from a well-educated yoga instructor, not random stuff from a Google search. Trust me, I already read all of that. And while we are at it, what about spinning? I miss spin class.

I feel I should end this on a positive note. Maybe a gratefulness list?

I’m grateful for:

  1. Peppermint tea
  2. My illegal heater at work
  3. The hot sauce that made it possible to choke down eggs this morning
  4. The shrink appointment I have today (someone say a little prayer for her as she is about to get an earful)
  5. Some ADORABLE new fabric I ordered to make myself some new PJ pants for our holiday travels
  6. The fact that the new gray paint is still covering the red walls meaning I can safely hang my pictures back up
  7. 7 more sleeps till ultrasound
  8. Canned vegan chili
  9. A trip to Birmingham in a few weeks
  10. The fact that the fat brown cat chose to barf on the floor for a change instead of on my new couch covers

Not much of a list but it did make me feel a little better. I’m actually incredibly grateful for No. 10. I have had my fill of cat vomit scrubbing! Ok ladies (and gentlemen), Bitchy McBitcherson is going to take her self downstairs for another cup of peppermint tea (please don’t tell me that two cups of peppermint tea will kill my baby thankyouverymuch). I hope you all have a much more stable day than I am.





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  1. tchrgrl05 #
    October 30, 2012

    Yoga is perfectly find according to my OB and my friend’s OB (she was way into yoga all throughout her pregnancy.) I was told by my OB and RE that as long as I’m not doing hot yoga or doing anything that makes me uncomfortable, I’m fine. That’s the key: if you hurt, then stop. If you have done yoga for a while, there’s no harm in continuing. The arms over the head thing sounds odd to me, but maybe she had a special condition. I’ve done shoulder presses with weights (arms over head) since I found out I was prego and baby and I are both still alive. I hope your therapy appt goes well today 🙂

  2. October 30, 2012

    first of all, you went ONLY 4 times to pee during the night? … well, I had to remind you then, that you bladder will continue to be squeezed in the coming months … so you might want to talk to your cat right now because it might not like you disturbing its night sleep so much 🙂

    I did yoga during my pregnancy, but during the first 12 weeks my yoga instructor kept “torso” stretches to a minimum. After that it was almost like regular yoga with emphasize on stretching the back and pelvis.

    I am happy you are liking mint tea, but if you get morning sickness you are going to loooooooooove ginger tea.

    I love you blog, stop stressing and let go and get something for hairballs for your cat 🙂

  3. October 30, 2012

    A lot of yoga studios request that you wait until the second trimester to start prenatal classes, but I firmly believe it is only because they’re paranoid about liability – most miscarriages happen in the first trimester, so they just don’t want people pointing fingers, as if it would ever have anything to do with yoga (it wouldn’t). The place I started at had a great network of prenatal instructors, and they all said that YOU know your body best and how you’re feeling, so if you feel comfortable doing yoga, and it feels good to you, you are perfectly fine doing so, and you can start/continue whenever you feel ready! Some guides I read said to just rest and relax through the first trimester, but they obviously know jack shit about pregnancy after loss – you do whatever you need to do to try and cope in this anxious time! The arms over the head thing sounds like bullshit to me – I’ve heard old wives tales about not reaching overhead because they used to think that it would tangle the cord around the baby’s neck, but that’s nonsense (and not even a real concern at this point, obviously). You are doing wonderfully, Belle. If the bitch flag needs to fly, let it fly!!

  4. Aspgriswold #
    October 30, 2012

    Always things to worry about. Sending many vibes that the list of positives helps you stay afloat!

  5. faith #
    October 30, 2012

    I did yoga through both of my pregnancies, prenatal and postpartum…and know many women who did..and know midwives who recommend it. Perhaps get a prenatal dvd or book that focuses soley on prenatal type positions..then you won’t freak yourself out thinking you did one that was contraindicated during pregnancy. Keep this in mind..most women don’t even know they are pregnant until three months..they are eating, drinking, smoking, doing drugs, could be rock climbing, biking, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, having promiscuous sex..oh..the list can go on and on depending on demographic and lifestyle. My point know so early…but your body is made to protect the baby while it is growing. It can do this. The #1 worst thing is stress…so do whatever it is that will help keep that at bay and your body will do the rest. Trust in yourself..I know it’s hard after you have already been disappointed by it so many times..but that is all you got, lady. Try to love and nurture it and in turn it will help build a beautiful being…just like you~

  6. Lee #
    October 30, 2012

    Pretty sure prenatal yoga is just fine… even recommended. It’s been shown to be possibly the only thing to help prevent preeclampsia. I would, however, recommend you get a prenatal yoga DVD to see which moves are appropriate vs. making up your own routine. I do Prenatal Yoga with Shiva Rea and you follow a different person depending on your trimester.

  7. L #
    October 30, 2012

    Hey Belle, I did train long long ago to be a yoga teacher … anyway long story short, here are some pointers I remember:

    1)During pregnancy, the body releases a hormone called relaxin that causes our joints to loosen. If we stretch out a little too much, we are actually hurting our joints without knowing. While it feels cool to be able to touch the head to the knee, in reality we might be injuring ourselves.

    2)Absolutely, no inverted poses and nothing that stretches your stomach/pelvis out.

    3)No bending down too much. esp the touch your toes kind of asanas. Early trimester of pregnancy many women have lower BP’s and a movement might cause you to lose balance and hurt yourself. So defenitely no-no

    4)Also, if you are a high risk pregnancy case, then any yoga should be started only after the 14th week (Start of second trimester)

    5)If you do practise breathing techniques, please do not do anything buy anulom-vilom (alternate nostril breathing) for more than 10 mins.

    6)And a question, not to freak you out or something.. sun salutations are usually very safe, but how are you doing it without the Cobra pose and the half moon pose? Both these poses are specifically for the lower pelvis region.

    You should be fine since you are not a newbie. You have been doing yoga for long and as a rule of thumb you can continue doing most exercises with lighter intensity during pregnancy, provided you have been doing it before. Nothing new or out of the blue. However, you are your best doctor esp for your body. if something doesn’t feel good when you do yoga, you should not do it. Ask your doctor as well .

    Sorry for the epic reply.. 😦

  8. whatrhymeswithinfertile #
    October 30, 2012

    Seriously…why do cats choose to barf, cough up wet hairballs, or (worse) liquid green stuff on the one section of carpet/furniture/rug area when there is a ton of hard surfaces that are easier to clean? I am with you on this one!

  9. October 30, 2012

    I love your list – and I just knew that canned vegan chilli would be on that list! And OMG am I most grateful when the cats decide to puke in a place that won’t require too much work to clean! I totally get that!

  10. karaleen #
    October 30, 2012

    Three things for you dear:
    1. Yoga is fine
    2. Spin class is fine, just keep your heart rate below 140.
    3. Stay away from Google!

    Hugs….Enjoy being pregnant! Yay for cat barf in an easy to clean spot!

  11. October 30, 2012

    Yoga is fine. Try not to twist too much or too hard, but gentle twists that don’t focus on the pelvis are fine I think (we did some gentle twisting in prenatal yoga). Also I think try not to do inversions, but that might be specifically for later months. Don’t google too much!!! I can’t wait until your ultrasound next week!

  12. October 30, 2012

    Cute fabric. I can’t wait to see all the cute stuff you’re going to make for baby! Hang in there!

  13. October 30, 2012

    You and your canned vegan chili! I think that you need to buy stock in whatever company sells it because you are going to clear out your local grocery store by the time you have this baby! 🙂

  14. October 30, 2012

    Yay for cat puke on the floor!
    I drank tons of tea during my pregnancy!! All turned out well for me.

  15. Trish #
    October 30, 2012

    Hi Belle,
    I’ve just checked your blog after being away and see that you and the Professor are pregnant. CONGRATS. Sending you positive thoughts for your baby/babies to keep cooking. Sorry for the delayed response. I love your blog.

  16. November 2, 2012

    Ooh, hot sauce. I love me some hot sauce. I have no pregnancy advice, but dreams I can discuss all day. 🙂 Still having some problems with those here as well.

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